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Message from the Dean

The Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences is a dynamic environment with students from around the globe and faculty with a focus on preparing students for the future. The broad range of majors available through the programs in Business, Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Military Science provide a broad range of experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The availability of internships, research projects with faculty, one-on-one mentoring and the student organization community are examples of how an EIU student can feel connected and achieve through experiential learning. Ask an alumnus and hear first-hand how they achieved both a first class university education and benefitted from the high levels of engagement and resources here at the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences.

The graduate programs housed in the College are sources of excellence in advanced education. The AACSB-accredited Masters in Business Administration, Master of Science in Technology, Sustainable Energy, Cybersecurity, Training and Development and Resource Management Technology, Master degrees in Aging Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Family and Consumer Sciences each feature outstanding faculty and innovative curriculum. Of special note are the multi-disciplinary graduate degrees that provide opportunities for dual degrees. The accommodation of students in a wide and varied selection of graduate programs has attracted excellent students and the attention of employers.  

One of the major attributes of the College is a strong alumni network. From a major resource of hiring graduates, to serving in advisory capacities, as well as an important source of gifts to support the special programs and initiatives, the alumni are the source of the past and the future for the College.  Our successful alumni include individuals who have founded businesses, work in large organizations, served our country, pursued graduate education, designed products and technology and found success in not-for-profits. The scope and the success are reflections of the wide range of university-level education available in the College. Thanks for the continued support and financial gifts of alumni and friends that allow for programs beyond the ordinary.

Colleges can be measured by their efforts to serve through the establishment of Centers and Outreach programs. Our College is especially proud of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center, The Center for Clean Energy Research and Education Center (CENCERE), Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R), and Literacy in Financial Education (LIFE) Center.

The future is promising. The engagement of all stakeholders will be the foundation to increase the reach for outstanding students, active alumni, and a productive faculty. As a resource for the communities, the State and organizations of all sectors, The Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences is positioned to respond and continue to innovate in the delivery of diverse and high quality academic and professional programs. The momentum of the College is responding to increasing demands for universities to contribute to economic growth and entrepreneurial contributions. The professional academic program graduates are in demand by employers throughout the United States. Prepared to lead, analyze, research, design, sell, serve, educate, and integrate all are terms that describe the skills and talents of the graduates of the College. As you will find in the program descriptions on this website, EIU enables students to optimize their university experience.     

The dean’s office welcomes your inquires about the College and the chance to share with you more about EIU and our programs.

Best Wishes,


William C. Minnis, Ph.D., Interim Dean